Inspections can help you buy or sell your home or building with confidence. As trained professionals we have seen it all, and we'll provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Potential new owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs. Our inspection services include:
Caveat Emptor. In both new and older properties, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about their strengths and weaknesses is to have us give you a professional inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. We have extensive experience with historic properties as well as the systems and materials in modern properties. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Knowledge is power. Whether you are selling your property on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. All properties have strengths and weaknesses: we help you answer how serious the problems are, which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
New does not equal perfect. In a new home, the quality of construction is often not what it used to be some years ago, therefore many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including foundation, pre-drywall, and final inspection. These relatively inexpensive inspections protect your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about.
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally during this period of time the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Our job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to potential problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or future home. Ours is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property which can alert you to possible problems.
We inspect for these hazards:
- Asbestos: Asbestos is a material that crumbles easily if sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder. It is more likely to create a health hazard in this form because it can then be inhaled into the lungs, increasing the risk of disease. See Asbestos FAQ.
- Lead: Lead is a highly toxic metal used for many years in products found in and around our homes. In general, the older a home, the more likely it has lead-based paint and/or lead piping. See Lead FAQ.
- Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. We also offer mold and allergen sampling services. See Mold FAQ.
- Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. Certified Radon testing services, with results on the day of test retrieval are also offered. See Radon FAQ.
- Termites or other wood-destroying organisms: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. See Termite Facts.